The plane crash that took the life of Lexie Grey doled out even more aftershocks to some of our favorite docs. Time has passed and most folks are back at Seattle Grace Mercy West, though one is in a hospital bed. Mark Sloan is hooked up to a ventilator and a slew of tubes. He's been in a coma for some time. Machines are keeping him alive, but only until 5:00. That's the time Mark's living will dictated he be let go.
Old video footage shows the times of Mark's life. Back in 1994, he told Derek that he will never ever find another friend like him. There's the beginning of a sex tape, but Callie tosses a pillow to dismantle the camera before she and Mark get rolling. There's also footage of some on-the-job training with Jackson and a testimonial with Mark naming the love of his life: Lexie Grey.
Derek has been cleared for surgery regarding the hand he injured in the plane crash. Callie forces him to say something before his first operation. Derek obliges. He says, "It's a beautiful day to save lives." Too bad Derek won't be the one doing the saving after he drops a clamp during the procedure. His hand went numb. Not good. Derek will have to process what all this means later, as the five o'clock hour draws ever closer.
Dr. Jo Wilson is one of the new interns working under the tutelage of Medusa. Who is Medusa, you ask? Well, that's Meredith's new nickname. It seems the new interns believe her to be a monster of mythic proportions. Bailey's impressed that her former student has struck such intimidating fear into her charges. Meredith chooses Jo to do the traditional solo intern appendectomy and must bail her out when things go south. Owen later lets the crying intern know that Meredith isn't mean. She's a teacher.